Is Nissan Afraid to Compete With Tesla?

Is Nissan (NASDAQOTH: NSANY  ) afraid to compete with Silicon Valley upstart Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) ?

Nissan's plans to launch an all-electric luxury car next year looked likely to make the Japanese auto giant -- which has had big success with its all-electric Leaf compact -- the first big automaker to go head-to-head with Tesla. But now, those plans appear to be off. What's going on?

In this video, Fool.com contributor John Rosevear looks at what's really going on with Infiniti, Nissan's luxury brand -- and explains what's likely behind the company's decision to postpone Infiniti's first electric car.

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  • Report this Comment On June 12, 2013, at 9:51 PM, ckgod wrote:

    Arguably Nissan is the most innovative and risk taking major auto company in the world. Even they know Tesla momentum is very hard to compete with. As hard as it is to compete with the car these auto companies will find it very hard to compete with the infrastructures a few years from now.

  • Report this Comment On June 12, 2013, at 10:54 PM, jswap1 wrote:

    "which has had big success with its all-electric Leaf compact"

    uh, define "big success". Having to cut prices to boost anemic sales?

  • Report this Comment On June 13, 2013, at 12:04 AM, rocket7777 wrote:

    There is NO reason to have electric LUXURY car for nissan especially if they were going to use 787 type battery and potentially face huge recall.

    Tesla can go bankrupt like expected of 99% of small startup and be no big deal.

  • Report this Comment On June 13, 2013, at 5:18 AM, TMFMarlowe wrote:

    "Big success" relative to other battery-electric cars.

    John Rosevear

  • Report this Comment On June 13, 2013, at 5:43 AM, 1hog2hog wrote:

    You're joking, right? Obama is personally coming to the house of everyone who buys a Tesla and licking their bunghole with tax breaks.

    Maybe Nissan doesn't consider this to be fair competition. Can you blame them?

  • Report this Comment On June 13, 2013, at 12:26 PM, ckgod wrote:

    1hog2hog it's stupid to bring politics to the investment discussion. A good car is a good car not matter if you're Republican or Democrat.

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